I hope you had a great July 4th celebration! I did. I took my Nikon Coolpix A and went sailing with some dear friends. I have never sailed before so this was a treat and a good test of the camera’s sensor.
First I drove up to Lee’s Summit, MO just in time for a tornado to touch down a couple miles from where I was safely tucked away. After the storm moved through we needed some Chipotle. Yum. Of course I brought the camera just in case. Here are some ominous clouds above the store.
The files are 4928 × 3264 with tons of detail. Chipotle was shot in the dark at 3200. There’s some grain, but it isn’t too bad.
I spent the weekend in Des Moines, IA. I was there for a quick weekend, but when I go back some of you will have to show me some of that sweet Iowa gravel I hear about.
We went to the Waterbury Circle Neighborhood in Des Moines for their annual July 4th parade. This neighborhood has a feeling of community I haven’t seen since I was a kid. Everyone knew everyone and neighbors treated each other like family. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but click on the image below and check out the detail in the first flag. This was shot at 2.8. The focus was quick and the detail is amazing in the flag. Even the stray hairs on the edges can be seen. In good light this camera functions quite well.
I shot the coaster at 1/15th at 2.8. The shallow depth of field is nice. There was a bit of camera shake so the image isn’t completely sharp but very nice. I am getting used to the slow macro focus, which is the biggest weakness so far with the Nikon Coolpix A.
The images come into the computer and I can tell I am not shooting with a Leica lens like my old Lumix LX-5. There is quite a bit of chromatic aberration – distortion in which there is a failure of a lens to focus all colors to the same convergence point causing blue or purple fringing on the edges, usually between a dark edge and the sky or light edge on my pictures. There is also a decent amount of vignetting or darkening on the edges of the images too. That’s not great, but both of these things are quickly corrected in LightRoom.
I shot the image below last year with a Sony RX100 iii. Many sang it’s praises, but even in RAW it couldn’t capture any details in the whites of the clouds. It also had trouble focusing from a moving bike. The Nikon Coolpix A does well with highlight and shadow detail and stays in focus when I am moving.
The image below is another full size image. I had to save it as a smaller JPG for this blog, but click on it and check out the detail in the rope. I love being able to capture sharp details in my images.
I loved being on a sailboat. It is relaxing to hear the water, sails and wind as you glide through the water. These images show how the Coolpix A captures details even in the highlights where other P&S cameras only capture white, with no details in the fabric of the sail.
Sailing was an amazing experience! I will definitely do it again. I did get some cycling miles in too before the sails went up and I need to get back to it!
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